Illinois upgrading security for driver’s licenses, ID cards

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CHICAGO -- Illinoisans will receive temporary paper driver's licenses and identification cards as the state works to meet federal security mandates.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office said Tuesday that beginning in July 2016, applicants will no longer be issued a license or identification card.

Instead they will receive a temporary paper driver's license or ID that's good for 45 days. They'll also receive their old ID with a hole punch. Those will serve as identification and are good for air travel.

The office then will send the applicant's information to a secure facility in Illinois for a fraud check. The state will then send the applicant via mail a more secure license or ID within 15 days.

White says the changes will help Illinois comply with federal REAL ID standards.